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Russian servicemen stand in front of a military truck on a freight carriage at the settlement of Gvardeiskoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol on April 1, 2014.
Russian servicemen stand in front of a military truck on a freight carriage at the settlement of Gvardeiskoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol on April 1, 2014.
(REUTERS)

Spectre of Russia is haunting Eastern Europe and worrying John Baird

The nerves are high across Eastern Europe. Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the troops massed on Ukraine’s border, have put other nations along its borders on high edge. Now many of them are asking NATO to deploy tanks and troops.

It is a shift in mood that is having significant impact across Eastern Europe, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said after returning from Europe. It’s not the Cold War again, he says, times have changed – but beyond the Ukraine crisis, the western world will have to reassess Russia, and come to terms with its efforts to hold a “veto” over its neighbours’ big decisions.